This is John Lovas. I never met him, but I know him because he blogs. Over the last eight months or so, I've visited his blog quite regularly, and he remains first on my Education/Educational Technology links as "A Writing Teacher's Blog." A month ago, he stopped posting. Today, at Kairos News, I read that he had been ill, and passed away. His last posting was May 31, 2005, the time of death in the blog world. I am numb, and sad, for an important member of the blogging/writing community is no longer with us.
This whole experience addresses an important question I have been pondering for quite a while: How do readers know if a member of a closely-knit blogging community dies? What happens to their blogs? Many bloggers choose pseudonyms, so the obituaries wouldn't be of help.
[Update: at the De Anza College online faculty directory, a link I found at another blogsite, his obituary includes a link to his blog. Could this be an emmerging social practice? Read the online comments... I am not alone in grieving his passing. It's an online wake, minus the Irish whiskey]
I have made connections with people in the blogging world, and, although I've never met most of them and although I have no idea what they look like, I often sense their care and concern for me more than those of my own family or close friends. There are blogs that I check daily, and when some of these bloggers stop posting, I feel as if a friend has left.
It's strange, this crazy world of blogging. Here I sit at my little gray box, typing away on a Sunday morning, devastated because a man I never met is no longer with us.
I know I'm on a "blogging break" (see previous post). But, in honor of a blogging buddy, I break my silence.